Brandon Nimmo's three-run homer in the fourth inning was one of five home runs by the New York Mets off Jason Hammel in a 10-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night that ended Jacob deGrom's 10-start winless streak.
James Loney and Asbrubal Cabrera hit consecutive homers in the second inning, just before a 68-minute rain delay, and Cabrera hit a two-run drive in the fifth, shortly after Yoenis Cespedes' solo shot. New York hit five homers at home for the first time in 16 years, and Cespedes reached 20 homers in a season for the fifth time.
DeGrom (4-4) allowed one run and three hits in five-plus innings, leaving after the third delay — which brought the total to 1:19 in a game that ended at 12:05 a.m.
Hammel (7-5) was tagged for career highs of 10 runs and five homers.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, making the first pinch-hit appearance of his career, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the 12th inning, helping the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Friday night.
The dramatic moment overshadowed the meltdown of closer A.J. Ramos, who blew a rare save in the ninth for Miami. Ramos had converted 33 straight saves, one short of the franchise record, before Tyler Flowers led off with his sixth homer to force a 5-5 tie.
Fernandez, one of baseball's most dynamic starters, began the game with a .222 batting average in 27 at-bats. With the pitcher's spot due up in the 12th and no position players available, Fernandez batted for reliever Nick Wittgren (3-1) and delivered the big hit.
Fernandez is Miami's starter Saturday.
Casey Kelly (0-3), the sixth Atlanta pitcher, took the loss.
The Paducah Chiefs built a big lead and then held on to beat Dubois County 7-6 Friday night at Brooks Stadium.
Paducah jumped out to
a 7-0 lead after three innings of play. Dubois rallied in the 6th inning to score five runs and added another in the 8th to make the game close.
Daniel Seitzinger completed the
save for Paducah in the ninth with three straight outs.
Starter Cody Clark earned the win. Austin Krizan took the loss for Dubois County.
Paducah is back in action Saturday when they take on Owensboro on the road. Chiefs games can be heard on Lifetalk 102.5 or on your Tunein app, and streamed online at lifetalk1025.com.
Matt Holliday drove in three runs, left-hander Jaime Garcia threw eight solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Friday night.
The Cardinals ended a seven-game home losing streak, their longest since Aug. 2-15, 1983. It was their first home win since a 6-3 victory over San Francisco on June 5.
Milwaukee has lost four of five and fell to 13-24 on the road, the second-worst road record in the National League behind the Cincinnati Reds.
Matt Garza (1-1) gave up seven runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four.
Garcia (6-6) allowed four hits. He struck out six and walked four.
Rookie Aledmys Diaz had two hits and reached base three times for the Cardinals. He missed the previous three games after fouling a pitch off the area around his right eye on Monday.
Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer and Mike Fiers and three relievers combined for a shutout to help the surging Houston Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
It was Houston's fourth straight victory and 11th in the last 12 games.
Fiers (6-3) scattered four hits over six innings. Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson didn't allow a hit in an inning each and Chris Devenski threw a scoreless ninth.
The Astros didn't have a baserunner until Miguel Gonzalez (1-4) plunked George Springer to start the fourth inning. He then walked Luis Valbuena before Jose Altuve grounded into a double play that left Springer at third.
Houston's first hit came next when Carlos Correa's strange infield popup dropped in front of shortstop Tim Anderson and allowed Springer to score and make it 1-0.